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.. >> they're mine >> al jazeera america presents camp last resort on al jazeera america >> this is the true definition of tough love >> this is al jazeera america i'm dwawrlts del walters in new york. as i.s.i.l. makes ground in iraq iraq's anbar province. >> we are unfortunately struggling for the armenian genocide struggling for justice. >> the armenian ambassador to
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the u.n shares his thoughts on genocide. the environmental impact of the bp oil spill and the economic recovery. the plight of migrants from africa and the middle east having tragic consequences tonight. the search for survivors continues off italy's southern coast. that is where nearly 700 migrants are missing after their boat capsized. two dozen bodies have been recovered. 2,000 fleeing the city of ramadi the homeless are in the middle of a war zone. and south africa, jacob zuma
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says he will end xenophobic aarticulation. calling for an international effort to stop the human trafficking of migrants from africa. according to the times of malta the boat overturned 125 miles south of lampedusa. the main route for migrants fleeing libya. paul brennan has the story. >> the search and rescue is being supported by coast guard and helicopters. joined which merchant vessels. planes are crisscrossing the sea where the migrant boat capsized. scouring the ways for survivors but the likelihood are grows more remote. the sicilian port of catania's
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mayor told me was in brussels just lack week demanding eu assistance. >> i banged my fists on the table and told them it's dishonorable that the continent turns its back. there needs to be a european policy on immigration and help for disprits people who ask for desperate people who ask for asylum. >> to consider them not as mieg mymigrants but human beings. >> such tragedies should not be repeated. >> reporter: then gave a televised news conference. his words aimed not only at the
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italian public but also his fellow eu leaders. >> translator: we think that the fight against human trafficking should be a priority. not just for italy and malta but for the whole eu. >> reporter: and his appeal has produced a response. the yeuz's foreign eu's foreign policy chief has weighed in, we have said never again. we have the duty to save human lives. sharing among all the 28 this duty and the responsibility that for too long has been left only to the southern countries. the influx of migrants and proposals for tackling the migrant issue will be discussed on monday at a meeting of eu foreign ministers in luxembourg.
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the estimates given by the few survivors paint a picture of a truly horrifying loss of life and it does seem that a tipping point has been reached at a internal level. nonetheless, converting genuine sorrow into genuine progress will be far from ease easy. paul brennan al jazeera cystly. about 100 newborn babies also died as their families fled. omar al saleh has the story. >> a sea of people on the run escaping i.s.i.l. about to fully control the city of ramadi. they have been driving for the
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last two days, taking everything they can. man, woman child. this bridge in southern baghdad they are angry with their politicians and tribal leaders. >> they didn't care about us. look what happened to us, look at our conditions. they sold us. >> we left everything behind. >> reporter: . >> translator: where are the politician he and sheiks? sitting in theirs homes. >> reporter: some say bodies are scattered in ramadi. i.s.i.l. fighters are making gains. closing in on the city center. more than 75% of anbar is under i.s.i.l.'s control. the government has sent reenforcements put this is going to be a long battle.
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this is their enthuse home but everyone herenew home but onlyafter being sponsored by the highest religious body. more than 200 live in this building. we are not allowed to film them due to their privacy. they were living in tough conditions. they were allowed in, after being sponsored by the sunni endowment, the government has imposed restrictions on them entering baghdad. >> families need a sponsor to get in. some accuse the government of being indifferent. some say i.s.i.l. may have infiltrated the crowds, and they need to cross check but those who are stuck feel unwelcome. >> translator: if you don't want us, hit us, kill us, throw
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us away, we are iraqis. >> send more troops and weapons to the tribes of anbar and removing i.s.i.l. from the province is not going to be easy and probably will take a lock tieng. these people are likely to remain displaced not knowing when they can return home. omar al saleh baghdad. >> boko haram 800,000 of those fleeing are children, boko haram has been attacking that region since 2009 and recent months those attacks are becoming more and more frequent and more are brutal, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the year, children are often the targets including the the 276 chibok girls last year. resistance in south africa. the largest catholic church holding a special service
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calling for an end of xeno xenophobia. yesterday mobs of people attacked shops owned by immigrants in johannesburg, today ministers called for peace and solidarity. in reasoned weeks six people have been killed and others arrested for xenophobic attacks. >> morgan chase said to beare morgan stanleymorgan stanley paid a $2.6 billion fine to settle a federal investigation. exactly 20 years ago today two u.s. army vet rabs set off a massive explosion outside the alfred p. murrah federal building in oklahoma city. 168 people died that day
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hundreds of people gathering that day to commemorate the anniversary. they began that memorial service with 168 rounds of silence. al jazeera's heidi zhou-castro got a chance to speak with some of the people in the murrah building on the day of that attack but somehow survived the attack. >> i asked all americans tonight to pray. to pray for the people who have lost their lives. to pray for families and the friends of the dead and the wounded. pry for the people of oklahoma city. >> reporter: the sun sets on 20 years of grief and reflection on the worst act of domestic terrorism in u.s. history. >> richard was a co-worker. she was a visitor.
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>> dennis walks among the 168 chairs marked with the names of those killed in the attack. 16 were his co-workers. in the social security office on the first floor of the alfred murrah federal building. >> this is about where i was sitting. >> reporter: he was at a computer in a row of office he furthest from the bomb. he said there was a flash on his screen. >> i saw that yellow flash everything went dark. the next thing i knew i was sitting on the floor trying to figure out what happened. >> reporter: on top of him was a five foot by five foot ceiling tile. a co-worker helped free him. amazingly he found himself uninjured. >> i decided to walk through the space and see if i could find anybody. for us it was pitch black and the concrete dust was very
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thick. >> he found one worker, he tried unsuccessfully to free her from the rubble. then another worker alive and disoriented on top of a cabinet. >> she didn't have any shoes on, she was blown out of her shoes. i managed to lead her out that way. >> by this time, almost an hour passed since the explosion and he was still inside. you yourself have not tried to get out. >> no, no. >> reporter: what made you stay? >> initially i could hear people yelling for help. after a while i didn't. some of those who were yelling for help, i know survived and some didn't. >> eventually he made his way to an exit, a rectangle of light in the darkness. >> right here is the door that most of our staff got out from. there was a door there and it went up to the street there. that's where they got out.
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>> despite his protest an emergency worker refused to let him back in to continue searching for others. >> there wasn't anybody that took and return out the closest door. everybody was check around for people around them. so survival instinct is there but also is that need to help other people. >> two floors above the glass walled in area. >> reporter: the third floor window frames of the office where susan kline and mel serena heish worked, still exist. the records journal building now holds the oklahoma city bombing museum was severely damaged in the blast. >> we were kind of yelling to each other to see if everybody was okay. we tried to get together as a group and tried to go out one of the exits in our suite and there was too much debris. >> she had severe cuts to her neck and legs.
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>> i didn't realize i was injured until i started to feel weak and the custom of young men that worked on the floor below us, the two of them carried me to the street. whenever e-wherever that comes out, that's where we came out. >> reporter: this is where you all were finally able to escape the building. >> yes. >> susan do you remember what she looked like at that time? >> yes, yes i do. >> i was a mess. >> reporter: it took five surgeries to remove all the glass in heich's body. two men and five women all survived all leaving the building together. all participated in the relief and rescue operations in the immediate days following bombing. and the time stamp after the bomb went off marks the moment
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recovery began. >> this act of reform didn't work. >> and now two decades later it is lives lost and the selfless acts that are remembered. heidi zhou-castro, al jazeera oklahoma city. >> on this evening we are also marking another tragic anniversary. the bp deep water horizon oil spill occurring 75 years ago tomorrow. the gulf coast recovery is the topic of our week ahead segment coming up at 11:30. meanwhile, next on al jazeera america, the death of one of the most wanted iraqis. the armenian genocide is just days away, why for many the term genocide is still rejected in turkey. and officials say they think they know what is behind that mysterious disease that has been killing patients in nigeria in less than 24 hours. hours.
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next sunday, 6:30 eastern. only on al j
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us >> the former right hand man to
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saddam hussein is dead tonight. according to dna testing conducted by hezbollah in iraq. will turn over the body of izzat ibrahim al-douri tomorrow. the u.s. government once considering al-douri the most dangerous and wanted iraqis. still close to saddam hussein at large. a police stake in helman province lowlg allowing those gunmen to storm in. i.s.i.l. releasing a video showing what appears to be the execution of ethiopian christians. ethiopian officials are working to confirm the identity of those
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individuals. the logo can be seen on the screen. fighting tonight continues in yemen where soldiers loyal to the president are gaining ground against houthi rebels. those forces are backed by saudi led air strikes. now with civilians caught in the middle the u.n. is warning more aid is needed. osama ben javid reports. >> regaining the complex from the houthi fighters in aden. abd rabbu mansour hadi led here lived here before fleeing. can't be used by the houthis are faction he of the militarys loyal to the former president ali abdullah saleh. >> they cannot contact each
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other against different areas because we have targeted they're communications infrastructure especially near the saudi border. >> but strikes like these also have a human cost. 760 people have been killed in the conflict and around 150,000 displaced. the u.n. is urging all parties to support those in need. >> we are thankful to the king of saudi arabia to cover the entire appeal cost for now. but we do recognize that the needs are not -- are much larger than what this slash appeal was and therefore we do urge all the other partners to continue to provide their assistance. >> saudi arabia and its allies say they want to restore a letting government and neutralize a threat along the saudi border from the iranian backed houthis. but the houthis remain defiant and accuse the saudis of an
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american agenda. >> today the children in yemen are being killed by american made bombs and planes. the americans are the ones who are determining the targets that are being shelled by the saudi regime. >> reporter: yemenis who support the elected government accuse the houthis of destroying homes. prohadi fighters say they are trying to take areas from houthi control. but with the fighting showing no signs of coming to an end more children like these will inevitably become casualties. osama ben javid, al jazeera. >> the ottoman empire genocide will be commemorated tomorrow.
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courtney kealy has the story. >> massive and unprecedented tragedies. the first widely considered the first genocide of the 20th century. >> far from legal and historical reality. >> translator: we expect religious leaders to call for peace and to stay away from islam phobicislamoislamophobic sentiments. >> reporter: a sign of growing racism in europe. turkey maintains the killing of hundreds of thousands of
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armenians and turks at the beginning of the 20th century was due to a civil war and ottomans fighting after world war i. key territory during the great war they became increasingly desperate. worried that the armenian populace would align with the official commemoration day when officials rounded up armenian dignitaries in istanbul. over the course of two years nearly 1.5 million armenian men women and children were killed. some through enforced marches through the syrian desert. turkey's allies including the u.s. and italy do not recognize this genocide. president obama called the genocide a widely documented
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fact but now he avoids the term. turkish president recep tayyip erdogan did acknowledge the day. courtney kealy, al jazeera. >> earlier tonight my colleague erica pitzi speak with two guests, asked if the world is finally acknowledging the armenian genocide. >> i think the question of the armenian genocide, not a question just for the armenians. it is a question about standing up against impunity. and it is a question about preventing future crimes against humanity. the masses that we have been receiving over the past week, the message of the pope, and the
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resolution of the european parliament, are very much about the connection of what happened 100 years ago and the atrocities we have been facing over the past 100 years and that impunity breeds new crimes is i think the most important message. >> do you feel that the support stayed with the armenian people over these past 100 years even to this point in time? >> oh yes absolutely. i think we have been encouraged by the consolidated support of the international community and it is a big message for us. have the armenians found shelter in many parts of the world, in the middle east, north america every continent. >> let's talk about turkey's response now. obviously turkey commenting to the pope's comments by recalling the ambassador to the vatican. what did you think of that? >> i think it is regrettable.
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i think the resolution of the parliament is good, in that it underlines the way the european continent has been coming out of the second world war and the creation of the european union a reaction to the atrocities of the past wars and reconciliation is not possible without remembrance and without truth. >> why do you think the turkish government is so adamant about not acknowledging what happened 100 years ago was not genocide? >> that's a question you'll have to ask them. but part of it is, they do believe it impairs on their honor and they don't want to be considered a country that being imparts genocide. but germany and others that have had genocide as part of their
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past have come to terms with that and have reconciled and moved forward. and it's time that turkey also take those steps. >> what do you want to hear from the turkish government now? >> look, i would say the biggest message from the turkish government could have been the presence of turkey at the genocide memorial in armenia on the 24th of april. i agree very much, the acceptance of the past is not a sign of weakness. it's a sign of strength. >> and we reached out for comment from turkey's ambassador to the u.s. the embassy sending us a lengthy statement saying in part the genocide is not a label that one can put on any historic event a tribunal establishing the crime of genocide, 100 years on, to share the pain of armenians remains sincere. you can read the entire
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statement from the turkish can ambassador on our wind, aljazeera.com. pesticide is blamed for mysterious deaths in nigeria. people died after becoming ill with headaches and loss of consciousness. it has been five years since the bp deep water horizon oil spill. in our week ahead segment. and plus andrew quomo preparing to make an historic trip to cuba. cuba.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at your top stories. the search for more than 600 migrants continuing this hour off the coast of libya. at least 24 people have been confirmed dead raf their after their boat capsized. the crisis of migrants fleeing
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africa from the middle east. ramadi a ghost town. more than 90,000 people escaping i.s.i.l.'s advances into that area a lot of families leaving with few belongings, settled in the suburbs of baghdad. tents and proftions provisions are being sent to help. armenian genocide 100 years ago turkish officials refuse to recognize it is genocide. five year anniversary of an environmentalist nightmare. five years ago there was that explosion on the bp deep water horizon oil rig that led to the largest marine oil spill in u.s. history. 11 people died, as many as 200
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mill barrels of oil leaking into the gulf of mexico. we're looking into progress that has been made into that disaster. jonathan martin, are we seeing talk of progress or real progress? >> reporter: well, del it depends who you ask. bp has been very quick to say the gulf region has been rebounding resilient. but local groups say that is far from the truth and they feel it will be years before anyone knows the real story. it was the worst oil spill in u.s. history. emotional 3 million barrels of oil plurted the polluted the gulf. then two reports one from bp and one from the national wildlife federation, telling different stories. last month a bp crew was seen digging up a 28,000 pound tar
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mat. massive response gulf ecosystems are rebounding and oil shorelines have largely recovered. >> it's going to be in the system for a long time. >> but david with the nafl wildlife federation says that's hardly reality. >> there is still cleanup that needs to happen. >> the lasting impact to wildlife is a widening debate. bp's collected data does not indicate a significant long term impact to any specious yet the naflnational wildlife federation found there was lasting can impacts five years after the spill. >> the idea you wouldn't have effects, is pretty hard to believe. >> reporter: bottle nose dolphins have been found dead and there is increasing evidence that their deaths were connected
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to the spill but bp says there is no link. we went to kyle many graham for answers. he's a member of the federal group charged with determining the long term damage of the spill. he says information is driven by arrivalrival agendas. >> they're trying to take care of their shareholders, bp, and then the national wildlife federation wants to pull together the pieces they emphasize as well. >> in a statement the oil company accused the national wildlife federation, two conflicting reports each supporting a different viewpoint but ultimately it will be up to
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a federal damage assessment team to determine how much the government orders bp to pay for spill. and del one of the interesting things about these reports they are very far apart on their findings but when you look closely, they are based on the same research. experts say it boils down to how you look at it. glass half full versus glass half empty situation. >> thank you jonathan. $5 billion has been paid out to settle tens of thousands of claims from the disaster, and that doesn't include $40 billion for cleanup. after the spill british petroleum played down emphasis on the environmentalist issues, and contractors transocean and
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halliburton. birds turtles and mammals already on the endangered specious list, thousands were harmed hoanl only a fraction cleaned and released back into the wild. bob deens the deans director of the national defense council joining us from washington d.c. let's start with you. give us context from an ecological standpoint. where does this spill rank in terms of the environment and ecological systems? >> yes, it's one of the worst spills in history in u.s. waters it would rank up to the santa barbara spill of 1969 and the exxon valdez spill of more than 20 years ago now.
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>> tell us five years retrospective, what did the industry get wrong and what is it still getting wrong? >> i think the major issue is we placed enormous faith in the blowout preventer that that would cut off the flow of oil and gas coming forward. and that failed at the end of the day and that was a sort of a pearl harbor moment for the industry. that's what the industry got wrong most centrally. >> mr. deans let me ask you this. is that something the industry should have gotten wrong from the standpoint of environmentalists, is that something that they should have known was not going to go right? >> well, certainly the blowout was the result of a long change of mishaps miss judgments finally the failure of that blowout preventer. the question is now could it happen today? sadly unfortunately it could. the industry has taken steps to
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remove the risks of an operation at sea but we haven't made it safe we can't make it safe and in fact del just last year there were more injuries and accidents per well in the gulf of mexico than there was in 2009, the year before the blowout. which means we still put our workers our waters and our wildlife at risk when we go after oil and gas in the ocean. >> mr. deans, was this an accident or an accident waiting to happen? >> well, i think you could call it either way but what we do know five years later from an up environmental perspective is, it's been disastrous, the longest running one of the longest running disasters in history, we are still are counting the tolls damage that scientists tell us will last for generations. as you said del turtles fish,
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birds, whales, we can't undump this oil we can't make this right, no matter how many times we're told we can. we have to reduce the risk as much as possible. we have to reduce the amount of ocean we expose to this risk and we have to reduce reliance on damage it brings. >> there are three sides to every story. there's the side that the environmentalists say the side that the strults have and industrialists say and the side that the people say. >> i think people are telling us there's a lot more that people say needs to be done. people were grateful that a quick massive response of cleaning up 800 miles of shoreline along the gulf about. but what people aren't happy about it seems they don't feel that bp has taken responsibility
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for the environmental damage. bp saying the dolphin deaths don't link to the oil spill. environmentalist groups want bp to take more responsibility it seems. >> what's your reaction to that? you have heard people down there say, this is linked to the oil spill and the industry saying it's not. which is it? >> i don't know if you can say that definitively. if you look at the footage -- >> why is it such a complex issue? >> dolphin die offs happen all the time. you can't say four years later dolphins died off and that's an immediate impact. i think there is some, you'll see the volatile compounds primarily tended to dissipate you have tar plats and that will have some effect. if you take a look at your own
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footage, it is difficult to find footage that's dramatic and related to that. >> one thing we can measure is money. the financial impact on the day-to-day business of the area, amounts to $6 million a day just for cleanup alone. and fishing and tourist operations are at risk, they generate $962 million a day. mr. kopitz, i want to ask you this question, the fact that five years after the deep water horizon disaster, we're still talk about drilling and the possibility of more drilling is that an indication that we have forgotten the horrors of that day or does that mean we no longer fear that it could happen again? >> i think that deep water drilling with high pressure welts is inhairchtly inherently a risky operation. >> is it as risky today as it
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was five years ago? >> i think that's a difficult question to answer. the equipment is better, the awareness is better, if you talk to people in the industry what they'll say is well you know at that time we had people who were more slack and people were more focused on best practices now we have brought the industry up to best practices. from a behavioral view we're better. but deep water deep wells high pressure is not without risk. >> mr. deans i remember five years ago after the deep water horizon disaster and there was talk about finding alternate formation of energy and then all of a sudden, the strange thing happened on the way to the gas pump prices dropped. the fact we're talking about this five years from the disaster what does ma mean to you? >> we can't be exposing the eastern seaboard to a bp-style disaster. we can't be consigning the next
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generation of people to oil -- >> mr. but mr. kopitz says it is not going to happen again. he says it's a lot safer than it was five years ago. >> it is by some measures not as safe. steps have been taken. lot of money has been spent work has been done and nobody is pointing fingers at the people who have done good work here. what we're saying is when oil gets in the ocean it is a disaster we can't fix. we need to keep it out of the ocean. reducing the risk, not expanding the risk, not overtime, not overnight, overtime dwepg the best hybrid cars, and do more with less waste and getting more power from the wind and the sun and other clean reliable sources so we can reduce our reliance on oil and gas and the
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environmental hazards that come from it. >> what if the industry were to say those other forms of energy aren't bad we see natural gas moving ahead and we're changing the course of things? >> you know i think other sources of energy are fine. the question is are they competitive. right now oil and gas are very competitive. >> they said that five years ago. when do you make that switch as a society account oil is a finite commodity whether you're pro-oil or anti-oil, whether do you make that switch? >> oil still remains our best source of transportation fuel, it's going to be around a long time. >> jonathan i'm a consumer of all things shrimp and i remember the days and weeks after the bp disaster not seeing any slump from louisiana showing up on store shelves. this week i still didn't see it. is there still a stigma attached
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to shrimp and other seafood coming from the gulf? >> i still say there is, but the overall large trust issue you saw three or four years ago is not same. one of the things the louisiana seafood board has gone around and done recently is started this really big campaign saying that the gulf seafood is back and it's bountiful but at the same time when you talk to some of these crabbers and these shrimpers and these oyster men they say it's not back as bountiful and we are not catching what we did before. there seems to be a demand for this seafood but the supply according to many of these people right in the water is down. we talked to one oysterman who has been in business for many, many years it's a 125 year business he says look it's the worst i've ever seen it but the question is: can you link what they're seeing directly to the spill, that's still a big question. >> mr. deans i want to give you
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a final question. that is, five years later what is your biggest fear? >> well, i'd say my biggest fear is that we're not going to do exactly what you talked about earlier del and understand that we need to invest in the clean energy future of tomorrow and not anchor our future to the dirty fossil fuels of the past. here is the good news del we've cut our oil consumption in this country 21% as a portion of our economic output in just the past decade. think what we can do in the coming decade if we focus on policies that build on that success. i think we owe it to those people in the gulf of mexico. and those men who lost their lives on the deep water horizon five years ago this week. >> and mr. kopitz. >> you can't afford to be complacent. these are dangerous activities. you have to pay attention.
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if you go a generation from now you may see that people have forgotten the lessons. >> i want to thank both of you for being with us tonight and we're going to have more coverage on the bp oil spill anniversary tomorrow. jonathan martin is live in new orleans and tell us what you're working on. >> del tomorrow ton five year anniversary, we're looking closely at the money. we know bp has spent 14 billion on cleanup and assessment costs and 13 billion in settling claims. now the biggest challenge just how much will the u.s. government order them to pay in civil penalties. for polluting the gulf. bp faces 13 billion more in civil penalties. the u.s. subsidiary can only afford a 2.3 billion fine. we're talking to experts tomorrow to see just exactly how much can bp afford and what will
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happen if they are charged the maximum fine. >> jonathan martin, thank you very much. coming up in the week ahead on tuesday the penalty phase begins for convicted bofort marathon boston marathon bomber dzhokhartsarnaev. and hearing for bowewe bergdahl. protesting living and working conditions. when we return to al jazeera america, chicago about to announce reforms to its marijuana laws. also ahead: the digital divide. we take a look at why not everyone in the u.s. has access
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to fast affordable internet service. and that pilot who landed the gyrocopter on the lawn of the capitol, speaking out. g out. your kids... >> they're mine >> al jazeera america presents camp last resort on al jazeera america >> this is the true definition of tough love
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with al jazeera america. open your eyes to a world in motion. >> some promising news in the world of cancer research. mel gnome and me owe theel yoam. memeezme owe theelmesothelioma. >> evacuation orders for are for california residents have been lifted. more than 650 firefighters trying to bring it under control. cook county illinois set to
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revise misdemeanor possession of marijuana will no longer be prosecuted. how the office prosecutes such small amounts of drugs like ecstasy. smartphones provide internet access to millions of us but a lot of those people have no broadband access at home. the problem of households without computers or fast internet connections turns up in places you might never imagine. jake ward reports. >> seattle washington, home of bill gates paul allen and this guy, seth morabito. a hardware guy forced to sell a house he bought in 2014 because he can't get i.t. online, because he needs it for his job.
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he lives if kitsap county. the consumerist not for profit newspaper. one out of ten households in past dean anna california don't even have computers. this is the digital divide. the internet is basically a great economic equalizer. it is a great superhighway that can take almost anybody to a better life. but for those who cannot get onto that superhighway, they wind up stuck in neutral. today 9 in 10 households with a bachelor degree or higher end one some type of internet access. even when you do have access no matter where you live in the u.s. your internet is probably slower than any other developed country on the planet. the united states ranks just 30th in national broadband
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speeds. lagging behind countries like iceland romania even russia. in finland broadband access is a legal right. >> this isn't about how fast a cat video loads on your phone. it's not even about how much you pay for that access. what's at issue here is americans' ability to qualify for a job like this, a global economy where competition is getting more stiff every day. roughly half of american households have no access to internet k-12 schools with appropriate infrastructure, all this leaves us ta at a terrible disadvantage. >> our students come to school and the playing field is not level. not all of our kids have access to the devices and if they don't have a connection then they
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don't have access to the content, the learning that's available when they're not in school. that's where connection becomes a civil rights area. >> jacob ward, al jazeera, new york. the driver of the gyrocopter says it was meant as a protest to the role of money in politics. >> people were not frightened at all, they looked at it, people waved at me, construction going on in the mall, people down there were waving at me and i waved back. we have bigger problems in this country in fussing whether the security around d.c. is ironclad okay? we need to be worried not about whether somebody can fly into d.c., we need to worry about the piles of money going into
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congress. >> he was charged with flying an unregistered aircraft. he will need to reappear in may. kites. al jazeera am marga ortigues has more. >> reporter: a swath of color against gray skies a sign of better days ahead. where kites originated thousands of years ago as an instrument of war. but it's become a sport and a source of joy now for enthusiasts like wan yunjun, keeping the tradition alive when it watts deemed impure as part of the cultural revolution. >> difference between chinese kiteskites and foreign kites chinese
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focus on the paintings and shapes of kites. >> turned into a business, using only the strongest bamboo as framework and paper and silk as being shapes and colors symbolizing everything from harmony to prosperity to long life. they become flying works of art. tens of thousands come to way fung every year recognized as a kite master. anyone can learn to fly a kite but it takes experience and special concentration to master it. the dragon symbolizes china itself. there's nothing more wonderful that look up into the sky and seeing a masterpiece.
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marga ortigues, al jazeera al jazeera china. >> i'm del walters. fault lines is next. next. "inside story". weeknights, 11:30 eastern. on al jazeera america. >> al jazeera america brings you a first hand look at the environmental issues, and new understanding of our changing world. >> it's the very beginning >> this was a storm of the decade >>...hurricane... >> we can save species... >> our special month long focus, fragile planet
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